Art History Courses in London

Our art history programme includes western art, Islamic art, Japanese art and the art of the Near East.

There are courses on curation for aspiring practitioners and a host of other art history courses on subjects as diverse as the history of fashion, comic books, urban art and artists' books that can be taken alone, or to complement surveys of periods. You can also study the history of photography, design, video and sound art. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Contemporary art in London

    Contemporary art in London

    Course Date: Thu 3 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Examine and discuss art on show in London. Each week we’ll visit a commercial gallery or public institution and examine specific exhibitions or paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  2. Friday lates: Joseph Beuys and his coyote - charlatan or prophet?

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 4 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the work of one of the most controversial figures of post-war art, a passionate believer in the power of art to transform the world, an artist whose work remains a vital reference for many artists today.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  3. Art icons: JMW Turner and Romanticism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Romanticism as an international movement, focusing on Turner as its key example, considering issues such as social change, biography, material experimentation and artistic and theoretic interests.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. Think like an artist: in 17th century Britain

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the artistic world of 17th century Britain from the perspective of the artist. How did an artist train? What did it take to be successful? What demands and challenges did leading artists face? Includes gallery visit.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. Drawing art history

    Course Date: Tue 8 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the work of art history’s greats from the perspective of drawing to gain a unique insight into the complexities of the artistic practice of artists like Michelangelo, Matisse and Bridget Riley.

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    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. Friday lates: art and the absurd

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 11 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Taking as its central theme the controversial idea that most art is absurd, this lectures explores artists that directly utilise humour and the ridiculous in their practice, and argues that the absurd is a vital and valuable tool for creative and poetic exploration.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  7. Art icons: Courbet and Realism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Realism in the nineteenth century, focusing on Courbet as its key example, considering such issues as social and political change, formal and subject developments, theoretic interests and artistic influences.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  8. Focus on: van Gogh

    Focus on: Van Gogh

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Famously unsuccessful in his own lifetime, Vincent van Gogh developed his unique style be engaging with his contemporaries, old masters and Japanese art. Discover van Gogh’s influences and legacy in this one-day course.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. Friday lates: poster art - print, pop and propaganda

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 18 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get a snapshot of the eye-catching and colourful world of poster art, from Belle Époque decadence to Avant-Garde dynamism; from Art Nouveau to Atelier Populaire, and the everyday glamour of Pop.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  10. Art icons: Monet and Impressionism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the Impressionist movement, focusing on Monet as its key example, considering such issues as biography, social change, artistic influences, material developments and stylistic progress.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. Focus on: Irish art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ireland has a rich history of visual art, from the Book of Kells and the grandeur of its Georgian architecture to modern and contemporary artists such as Jack Yeats and Francis Bacon.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  12. Friday lates: what is creativity?

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 25 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This lecture explores the idea and practice of creativity from the perspective of art and cultural theory, and looks to determine not only what creativity is but why it is so important for us now and in the future?
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  13. Think like an artist: in 16th century Venice

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Find out how the art of the mercantile republic of 16th century Venice reflects its unique location, trade routes and society.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. A grand day out: the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

    Course Date: Fri 1 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of paintings, antiquities and decorative arts at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on this one-day, location-based course.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  15. Friday lates: the art of getting lost - a beginners guide to psychogeography

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 1 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From pub crawls to punk rock, via comic books, action painting and Hegelian philosophy; hear the unlikely tale of the Situationists: international artist-revolutionaries who tried to change the world itself into a work of art.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

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